Master's Programme in Earth Science – Hydrology/Hydrogeology

120 credits

Do you want to take part in the management of our water, or study how to meet water-related disasters? Are you interested in water chemistry and its interplay with the environment? In the Master's Programme in Earth Science, specialising in Hydrology/Hydrogeology, you combine studies in hydrological processes such as runoff, groundwater formation and flow as well as how we use water resources and human-water interactions.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The specialisation in Hydrology/Hydrogeology, within the Master's Programme in Earth Science, focuses on processes relating to water at or near the Earth's surface and the water-human interaction. The programme combines advanced courses on fundamental hydrological processes and the modelling of groundwater and surface water with hydrochemistry and field methods. It also provides a good foundation for the management of water resources in our society.

During the programme, you can expect to:

  • study the management of water and how to deal with water-related disasters,
  • combine studies in hydrological processes with sustainable use of water resources and human-water interactions,
  • learn GIS and numerical modelling to address complex hydrological problems.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the most comprehensive academic departments of its kind in Europe. Research in Earth science focuses on subjects that range from the Earth's core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth to the processes currently reshaping the planet.

Research in hydrology at the Department focuses on a variety of topics, including runoff, groundwater recharge and water movement. It is also oriented towards modelling of hydrological processes, and the use of basic hydrological process knowledge to improve water resource and environmental planning.


The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a degree of Master of Science (60 credits).

Year 1

The first semester starts with courses in Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change followed by hydrochemistry. Method courses are also offered from the first semester with Applied geoinformatics and Statistical and Data analysis. The Presentation and Publication course helps you develop your communication skills.

The second semester features courses in hydrological processes, environmental assessment, ground and surface water modelling and a course in field techniques and methods.

Year 2

The third semester offers courses on water distribution and treatment, water and society and current research topics within physical geography and hydrology. These courses are followed by courses on snow physics and hydrology and natural hazards.

The fourth and final semester of the specialisation is a degree project in the form of an independent project.

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

The teachers in the Master's Programme in Earth Science are experts in their respective fields, giving you up-to-date contact with front-line research in an open and creative educational atmosphere. The teaching consists of a balanced mix of theoretical and practical work providing experience in both research and industry-oriented applications. Excursions, fieldwork and study visits are included in some courses.

Instruction in the Master's programme builds on your experience and knowledge from your previous education. You are expected to actively participate and contribute to the learning environment and take responsibility for your own and others' learning. The teachers are responsible for creating opportunities for active learning at individual and group level. Purposeful and respectful dialogue between teachers and students contributes to the constant improvement and development of courses.

Examination generally includes written exams, complemented by seminar presentations/discussions, project work, laboratory work and field reports.

The Master's Programme in Earth Science, specialising in Hydrology/Hydrogeology, prepares you with skills and knowledge for a career as a professional hydrologist or hydrogeologist in environmental and natural resource management or in academia.

Our graduates work at, for example, Berg AB, Sweco AB and Tyréns AB. Jobs include hydrogeologist, hydrologist, environmental consultant, etc.

The programme also provides good opportunities for postgraduate education with subsequent research careers.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career.